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Dusty Springfield.  Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

With homosexuality illegal until 1993 in Ireland, gender identity was an important factor in the migration of Irish people from the early modern perio(...)

Poets Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Erin Fornoff, Ciaran O’Rourke and Adam Wyeth will participate in  ‘Ulysses in Distant Lands’, an evening of poetry and song, at Epic for Bloomsday.

James Joyce’s Ulysses was a recreation of the sights, sounds and smells of a Dublin that was passing out of existence even as Joyce wrote about it bet(...)

Elizabeth Bowen’s  fiction abounds with lost and alienated young women trying to find a place for themselves in the world.

“A very honourable horsefaced, upper class hard constricted mind.” So wrote Virginia Woolf about Elizabeth Bowen, the Anglo-Irish writer of ten n(...)

Dave Allen’s status as an Irish man abroad, whether in England, South Africa or Australia, often found its way into his routine. Photograph: PA

David Tynan O’Mahony. To his family, a gardener, a cook, a painter and a storyteller. To his friends and fans, a comedic legend, a mentor, a lover of (...)

Maggie Cline, post 1888, courtesy of Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons

To hear Maggie Cline perform on stage, you might imagine that she had just stepped off the boat, fresh from churning butter and wrestling pigs in the (...)

The English Ship ‘The Royal Sovereign’ with a royal yacht in a Light Air by William van de Veld the Younger. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Many readers will be familiar with the Irish seafarers who helped establish navies in the Americas in the 18th century: Admiral Brown in Argentina, Co(...)

Lizzie Brown Halliday (c1860 - June 18th, 1918) was the first woman sentenced to die in New York State’s electric chair (1894) but her sentence was commuted based on insanity and she spent the rest of her life in a mental institution. Image: New York NY National Police Gazette, September 23rd, 1893/Wikimedia Commons

Irish-America is awash with stories of successful Irish migrants; the men and women who built industrial cities, served its people, or educated its ch(...)

Pierce Butler was born in Ballintemple House in Co Carlow in July 1744.

On September 17th, 1787, Carlow-born Pierce Butler, alongside three other Irish immigrants, assembled at Independence Hall in Philadelphia to lend his(...)

Thomas Heazle Parke undergoing a ‘blood brotherhood ritual’. Illustration from Heazle Parke’s book, ‘My personal experiences in equatorial Africa as medical officer of the Emin Pasha relief expedition’/ Wikimedia Commons

“What about Livingstone?”Agnetha and Anni-Frid harmonised on Abba’s 1974 album Waterloo. What about all those Victorian men who thought fame and renow(...)

Tyrone Power: 'Each of my characters are, according to my ability, painted from nature.'

References to Tyrone Power might bring to mind the American matinee idol who died in his prime in the 1950s, but his ancestor, born William Grattan Po(...)

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